A Little Easter Update

Hi everyone!

I haven’t made a post in while, so I wanted to update everyone. First of all, it’s getting closer to summer which then means more time for blogging (yay)!

A lot of things have been happening since I last updated, so let’s just go down a list.

  1. I’ve been getting more hours at work which means less time for homework, blogging, and YDHS.
  2. I finally received the rest of the Won’t be a Statistic Campaign donations and dropped them off with Sam last Friday.
  3. I’ve been working on bringing new elements into YDHS to broaden our horizons.
  4. I began the journey of minimalism. It’s been really exciting!
  5. I recently celebrated my six months with my wonderful boy friend.
  6. I started a new workout routine (which has been interrupted since getting more hours at work).
  7. I’m continuing to shape myself, and my lifestyle.

Things have been stressful but oh so great at the same time!

I hope everyone has been doing great, and I can’t wait to be back full-time in June.

living a more peaceful life

PE

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Last Round – Last Chance!

Hi everyone! I recently wrote about the most popular driver award for my racing. I wanted to say THANK YOU a million times to those who voted for me. I entered into the third and FINAL round today! This is the round in which the winner will be chosen so I need each and every one of you to vote for Payton English! Please take ten seconds to go to this link, click on Payton English, then vote. Afterward, get all of your friends and family vote as well! Share it on your facebook, blog, Twitter, etc. everything!

If you have voted, and share please comment below do I can thank you accordingly! I appreciate all of my amazing dans who have made this possible.

https://polldaddy.com/poll/8674161/

If you’d also like to support the Payton English Racing Team, and want a cool shirt, check out this link!

Have a great day!

Drowning – It Suffocates

Sometimes I believe us Americans are truly overworked.  We’re always being asked for more, more, more because society is greedy and demands progress every day.  Why can’t we take a step back and really be able to take the time to look at our life?  Why do we have to work to the point that we don’t even notice the time going by and it vanishes in the blink of an eye?  I would truly enjoy one day where time didn’t exist.  Where clocks weren’t readily available and I wasn’t scolded for not getting things done in 5 seconds flat.

We’re moving, moving, moving, and never slowing down.

In France they still adopt the “Sunday is a day of rest” philosophy.  Stores are closed down so that families stay home and spend time together, whereas in America Sunday is viewed as the day to get everything done before the work week begins again!  It’s a lot of pressure and it’s not healthy in my opinion.

Why do we have to be so rushed?  Why do things have to be done right this very moment?  I don’t understand.

Drowning, it suffocates

PE

Yes, This is My Life

You’ll notice Golden Grahams scattered across the floor due to my hyper chihuahua knocking over the bowl my daughter was eating from this morning.  The never ending amount of noise making toys my daughter has to have all out at once, even though she’s only interested in her Little People.  The cans of Sprite sitting on almost all of the tables because I can’t have caffeine since I have a concussion.  The large tote bag over by the basement door full of random things of mine that should have gone downstairs over a week ago.  The wide array of picture frames filling the white walls.  Papers all over that have no home.  The great amount of socks that have no mate and probably should be tossed but silently lay there unaccompanied.  The stacks of photographs my Mom has yet to put away from my Graduation party.

College papers.  Towels.  Pillows.  Blankets.

All silently resting amongst the house.

The sink full of dirty dishes because we’re all so busy with the hussle and bussle of our work days, and keeping up with this crazy dog and toddler.  Or the $5 pizza in the fridge from last night (which by the way is still good!).  The hamper full of days worth of clothes that should probably be put away but I’m too dizzy to stand for that long to do so.  My unmade bed which looks like a tornado hit it since I’ve been laying there for almost a week.  My unfinished walls that I started painting but have yet to complete because I became purely lazy and busy.

This is my life, and even though it can be exhausting and not so perfect, it’s all mine and I don’t want it any other way.  Except maybe I could do without this concussion 😉

PE

No – People Will Never Approve of You

I’ve learned something the past few days.  Something I already knew but often forget because I have such amazing people in my life.

I am a single teen mother, as most of you know.  I get judged constantly for it.  I’d say I’m a pretty damn good mother and am doing my best – but what have I done wrong?

Here, I’ll make a list for you.

  1. I had sex and had a child before marriage.
  2. I had sex and had a child before receiving a complete education (high school & college)
  3. I have received forms of public assistance in order to complete my education, and get a job to get myself on my feet so I can become a productive member of society.
  4. I am getting financial aid to pay for college so I can better myself and my daughter’s lives.
  5. I send my daughter to daycare so that I can work and make a living.

But here’s the thing, and what makes me mad the most.

How do you expect me to take back having sex and having a child before marriage and having a complete education?  Sorry, but life doesn’t have a rewind button.  It just doesn’t – so stop holding that over my head.  You should be happy I’m taking steps to be a productive member of society.

How do you expect me to complete my education without going to school?  Sorry but childcare isn’t free – and don’t suggest online school because I DID try that.

Same thing, how do you expect me to get a job to start getting on my feet without GOING to work?

All I have to say for financial aid is that almost anyone who is able to receive it – uses it.  There’s nothing wrong with that.  Can you pay for college out of pocket?  No?  Exactly.

The last one is just too ridiculous for an explanation.

No matter what I do in life – I could cure cancer – I will ALWAYS be a failure to some people because of ONE thing I did with my at-the-time boy friend.

Thankfully I don’t rely on those people for approval of myself – I don’t rely on anyone for that.

I know I’m doing what I need to do to make a future for myself and my daughter.  Plus NEWSFLASH people I WORK – I PAY THE SAME TAXES AS YOU DO.  I’m paying for that public assistance just like all of you are.

PE

Struggling – We All Do it

What do YOU struggle with?  Are you currently working on it?  What do you do to counteract the struggle if you know it’s going to happen (for example, you know you’re a procrastinator so you make it a priority to sit down and get things done as soon as you know of what you need to do like a homework assignment or project for work)?

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Our Relationships

With how busy we are on a daily basis today compared to that of 60 years ago it’s hard to form deep bonds with other people.  How many Facebook friends do you have?  I’ll tell you that I have 212.  But how many do I really talk to?  I’d say less than 20 – unless you include family.

We have artificial relationships.  We have relationships with screens and pictures.  Technology can be helpful in many ways, for example, long distance relationships, keeping in touch family and friends that live far away, work, etc.  But we often get so caught up in this technology that we sacrifice the real relationships we have right in front of us every day.

I mean how often are we skipping a one on one conversation with those around us, to scroll through our Facebook feed?  I’d say probably most of us do it more often than we would like to admit.

So what do you do to balance this out?  Here’s some tips:

  • Put down the technology and have a real conversation with someone around you
  • Instead of scrolling through Facebook on your phone when out in public, strike up a conversation
  • Truly appreciate those around you who are in your lives every day- those are the ones you can count on, not your 100’s of Facebook friends
  • Love those around you, really love them because they love you too
  • Get to know someone new (and not through the internet) go out and make a new friend!

These are just a few tips and tricks but they are sure to help you survive this technology age without getting lost in the hustle and bustle!

Happy web surfing

PE